Mohsin Raza Malik

  • TDuring his recent official trip to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he was hopeful about the opportunity to “reset” the strained relationship between the US and Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Following his meeting with the civil and ...

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  • THaving formed its governments in the country’s three provinces and at Centre simultaneously, PTI has gotten the opportunity to implement its promised reform agenda to make a Naya Pakistan. Every opportunity has a cost, so is the opportunity to make a Naya Pakistan. This Naya Pakistan will ...

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  • TMarking the end of 10-year rule of PML(N) in the country’s largest province, PTI’s Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar was elected as 20th Chief Minister of Punjab on Sunday. The newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has earlier named him as his much-hyped “young and educated” nominee ...

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  • TAn aggressive political manoeuvring is currently underway in Pakistan following what was dubbed the ‘engineered elections’. Political parties are just busy in playing the typical numbers game to lead governments at the Centre and in various provinces. Since no political party could ...

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  • TThough marred by the allegations of pre-poll ‘engineering’ and post-poll manipulation, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) eventually succeeded in holding ‘free, fair and transparent’ general elections in the country on July 25. In these polls, the pro-change PTI just ...

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  • TAmid growing optimism and political uncertainty, the politically-charged Pakistanis are going to elect their representatives for the national and provincial assemblies on July 25. This day would mark the end of one of the most divisive and abusive electoral campaigns in the history of the country. ...

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  • TPakistan has just experienced another bloody wave of terrorism ahead of the general elections. Last week, more than 170 Pakistanis lost their lives when three different elections rallies were targeted in the provinces of KP and Baluchistan. In these unfortunate terror attacks, two prominent ...

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  • TThe ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has now been convicted and punished by an accountability court in the Avenfield Flats Reference. In addition to imposing a hefty pecuniary penalty, the court sentenced PML-N supremo to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for owning assets beyond his known income. ...

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  • TAs the general elections are approaching, the estranged PML-N leaders are increasingly talking about their perceived marginalization and political victimization. They are making complaints about pre-poll rigging. They look dissatisfied for not being offered a level playing field ahead of these ...

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  • T“Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy” –Theodore Roosevelt.   The scrutiny process of the credentials of more than twenty thousand candidates who are desirous of contesting the upcoming ...

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  • TSomehow evolving the constitutional jurisprudence in Pakistan ‘brick by brick’, the apex court has just delivered another ‘landmark’ verdict relating to the contentious question of disqualification of the legislators. Last week, a 3-member Supreme Court bench finally ...

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  • TNo sooner did the controversy regarding PTI’s nominations for caretaker CM Punjab fade than there surfaced several controversies relating to award of party tickets by PTI to the candidates contesting elections for various national and provincial seats across the country. Last week, PTI ...

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  • TThough former CJP Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk has been appointed as the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan in consequence of a consensus reached between the PML-N and PPP on this matter at the federal level, there is a sort of deadlock over finalizing the names for caretaker provincial chief ...

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  • TPresident Mamnoon Hussain has formally assented to the 31st constitutional amendment bill, earlier passed by the Parliament and endorsed by the KP Assembly, perpetually removing the term ‘tribal area’ from the national lexicon of Pakistan. The constitutional and legal jurisdiction of ...

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  • TThe PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has actively started pushing forward his anti-establishment narrative in the country. He had constantly been asking “why was I ousted?” since he was disqualified by the apex court in July last year. Now he has chosen to answer his signature question ...

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  • TThe federal government finally unveiled its long-awaited tax policy by formally announcing a 5-point ‘tax reforms’ package last month. Later, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated as many as 4 different Presidential Ordinances to give effect to this tax reform package. Besides a ...

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  • TChaos and political uncertainty continue to grip Pakistan since former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the apex court last year. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal just narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by Islamabad High Court ...

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  • TPashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) aims at protecting the human rights of the ethnic Pashtun people living in the Pashtun Belt in Pakistan i.e. the area comprising KP province, FATA and the Northern Baluchistan. Though PTM has been in existence in Pakistan for the last couple of years, it gained ...

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  • TPutting another nail in the political coffin of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has held that a parliamentarian would remain disqualified for life if he is once declared to be not a “Sadiq and Ameen” in terms of Article 62(1)(f) of the ...

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  • TLiving up to their dark traditions of tyranny and suppression, the occupying forces have once again intensified their oppression and brutality by resorting to the use of excessive lethal force against the people in the occupied territories of Kashmir and Palestine. On Sunday, a massive crackdown ...

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  • TAddressing a Pakistan Day ceremony in Lahore last week, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar ruled out the possibility of the much-anticipated ‘judicial coup’ in Pakistan after making it quite clear that there was no such thing as ‘judicial martial law’ in the ...

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  • TIn my last week’s column, I just made an attempt to explain how Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has moved away from its founding ideology over a period of time. And how this party started relying on political pragmatism after apparently abandoning its political idealism by resorting to some ...

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  • TFollowing the disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif in the Panamagate case in July last year, It was being widely predicated and speculated that PML-N would soon disintegrate and disappear from the country’s political scene. However, contrary to these predictions and speculations, not only ...

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  • TThe arrest and detention of Ahad Cheema, a grade-19 bureaucrat and ex-DG Lahore Development Authority, by the National accountability Bureau (NAB) authorities in Lahore last week was strongly reacted to and resisted by Punjab government and its elite civil bureaucracy, the Pakistan Administrative ...

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  • TSomehow adding to the woes of the troubled political leader Nawaz Sharif, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, headed by the CJP Mian Saqib Nisar, unanimously debarred him from heading his political party (PML-N) on Wednesday. Besides this, the apex court bench has also undone ...

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  • TChief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has expressed, on a number of occasions, his strong intention to substantially reform the country’s judicial system. Therefore, many were hoping that he would focus on introducing some fundamental reforms in the justice system after concluding the ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court of Pakistan has been in the limelight since the then CJP Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali formally took up the Panamagate case in November 2016. Having disqualified some prominent parliamentarians like Mian Nawaz Sharif and Jahangir Tareen, now the apex court is all set to initiate ...

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  • TThe law of the jungle seems to have prevailed in Pakistan as the trigger-happy police is killing innocent citizens with impunity. On January 13, Karachi police just added another dark chapter to its history. On this day, former SSP Malir Rao Anwar, an assassin par excellence, allegedly killed ...

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  • TThe opposition parties’ much-hyped power show in Lahore last week eventually turned out to be a damp squib. Not only did the Qadri-led ‘joint opposition alliance’ fail in pulling a large crowd for its first protest rally, but also it couldn’t devise and announce any ...

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  • TCountless Pakistanis are currently in a state of shock and grief on account of horrific rape and gruesome murder of minor girl Zainab in the Punjab’s city of Kasur. Last week, this unspeakable incident just sparked country-wide protests and condemnation. Making things worse, the local police ...

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